05/31/2013 12:43 EDT | Updated 07/31/2013 05:12 EDT

Alison Redford New Brunswick Visit Aimed At West-East Pipeline

FREDERICTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford will meet her New Brunswick counterpart next week as the two try to drum up support for the west-east pipeline project.

Redford will meet David Alward next Friday to discuss the proposed development, which would ship oilsands crude from Alberta to the East Coast if it goes ahead.

She will also tour the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, the largest refinery in Canada, and speak to the city's board of trade.

Her trip comes after Alward went to Alberta to meet Redford in February, where he welcomed the prospect of a pipeline shipping oil to his province.

TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) is seeking binding commitments from shippers before determining whether to convert an existing 3,000-kilometre natural gas pipeline so it can carry crude into Quebec, with the possibility of an extension into Saint John.

The Calgary-based company says it will seek those commitments until June 17.

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